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Saint Lucian to launch clothing line for nannies in US

(SNO) — A Saint Lucian now living in the United States is getting ready to launch her new clothing lines for nannies. The launch will take place on February 9, 2019 at Paul Vincent Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey. The collection will feature a variety of clothing and accessories such as caps, sweaters, t-shirts, joggers’ pants, tote bags and leggings ...

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Saint Lucian champion sprinter off to University of Texas

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s champion Julien Alfred has received a full scholarship from the University of Texas in Austin and began her academic career last weekend. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, in a Facebook post, wished Alfred all the best in her future endeavours. “On behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia I wish her much continued success and ...

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PM Chastanet to discuss proposed cruise ship port in Vieux Fort

(SNO) — The construction of a cruise ship port in Vieux Fort will be on the agenda as Prime Minister Allen Chastanet meets with Carnival Cruise Line officials in Maimi over the next two days. The new port is part of investments outlined by the government that it said will complement the redeveloped Hewanorra International Airport. According to Chastanet, these ...

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Shooting in Vieux Fort

(SNO) — A male individual has been hospitalised as a result of a shooting incident in Bruceville, Vieux Fort this morning (Jan. 24), according to law enforcement officials. The incident occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. Residents reported hearing the sound of at least four gunshots and found the victim suffering from wounds to his legs and back. He was transported ...

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St. Lucians sweep hospitality awards in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) — Six young St Lucians returned home on Thursday after having swept the top awards in a two-month International Training Programme in Hospitality Management at HungKuang University in Taichung. The 2018 Vocational Training Project for the Caribbean was organized by the International Development Fund (ICDF) and covered all major elements of hospitality. The group, which comprised of Nadine Jn. ...

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Motion of no confidence against gov’t to be debated on January 29

(SNO) — A motion of no confidence against the Allen Chastanet-led government by the Saint Lucia Labour Party will be debated in parliament on January 29, Opposition Leader, Philip J. Pierre has announced. The motion was filed in November last year and it called for the immediate resignation of Chastanet. At that time, Pierre said that the motion and the ...

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Star power for Prime Minister’s Independence Ball 2019!

(PRESS RELEASE) — The celebration of Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary is underway after an exciting calendar of activities for the year-long observance was launched here in December. One of these activities is the annual Prime Minister’s Independence Ball to be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Sandals Grande Resort. The event, over the past two years, raised ...

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SLP says Saint Lucia tourism arrival figures “not all that rosy”

(PRESS STATEMENT) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party appeals to the Minister of Tourism to give Saint Lucians a truthful appraisal of the tourism industry. It cannot serve Saint Lucia well if the sole intent is to use figures in a distorted and deceptive manner. The arrivals data presented for tourism is very revealing and exposes the incompetence of the ...

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Saint Lucia businesses will soon be able to use “move-able assets” to secure loans

(PRESS RELEASE) — The government of Saint Lucia is currently advancing an initiative that will allow businesses to use non-traditional forms of collateral to secure financing. With this new venture, businesses will be able to use their movable assets such as their inventory, equipment, accounts receivables, vehicles or anything that is of value to the business as security for a ...

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Drug policy takes aim at substance abuse in regional schools

(PRESS RELEASE) — Efforts to develop and implement a drug policy for schools will be undertaken as the Caricom Secretariat hosted a regional conference at Auberge Seraphine Hotel recently. Health and family life education coordinators and stakeholders from across the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) met recently to review the draft Model School Drug Policy. Participants were granted the opportunity to establish ...

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Coach Valcin joins Clarke Pride

(SNO) — Rick Valcin has a packed curriculum vitae, inclusive of an NCAA Division 3 title in men’s pole vault, two all-American nods, three Iowa Conference pole vault titles, a 100m title, two Drake Relays qualifiers, and multiple outings for Saint Lucia in international competition, such as the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014. Graduating from the University of Dubuque ...

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Saint Lucian Allana Paul named Athlete of the Week

(SNO) — Competing in her first indoor season, Briar Cliff University’s Allana Paul led the Lady Chargers over the weekend at the Chelsey M Henkenius Invite. The Saturday meet was hosted by Wartburg College. Paul, who turns 21 this year, is pursuing a four-year degree programme in kinesiology at her new school in Sioux City, Iowa. She competed this past ...

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Invest Saint Lucia announces major projects for 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) — The local media got a first-hand look at the plans being laid out by Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) for 2019. Speaking at a press briefing Monday, ISL’s CEO Roderick Cherry, provided members of the media with the status of ongoing projects, those pipeline projects that ISL continues to facilitate, as well as the initiatives that the agency ...

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Saint Lucia launches anti-human trafficking hotline

(SNO) — Saint Lucia, with the cooperation of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has launched a hotline to combat human trafficking which as been described as a global problem. The 24-hour hotline, 8-4-7, was launched here on Tuesday to help bring public awareness on the issue. Assistance Commissioner of Police for Crime and Intelligence Management, Wayne Charlery, explained how ...

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International organizations making it difficult for small developing states, says Dominica PM

(SNO) — Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, has blasted international organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), saying that they make it difficult for small island states to do business. Recently, the OECD blacklisted a number of Caribbean countries, including Dominica and Saint Lucia, with Citizenship by Investment Programs, saying they threaten international efforts to combat ...

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Saint Lucia is safe, says minister

(SNO) — Facing pressure from the opposition and on the country’s homicide rate and with Saint Lucia now under international scrutiny after the killing of British national Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway, National Security Minister, Senator Hermangild Francis, has said the island is safe. Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, he said despite the apparent negative publicity in the British press ...

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Renewed interest in Saint Lucia’s justice system coming, Ernest Hiliare believes

(SNO) — Former High Commissioner of Saint Lucia to the United Kingdom (UK), Dr. Ernest Hiliare, believes that the killing of a UK national here will place the island’s justice system under the microscope by the British government. The body of British national and longtime Saint Lucia resident, Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway, was discovered with “apparent wounds” in his residence in ...

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Edwin makes NCAA cut in men’s sprints

(SNO) — With just two indoor meets under his belt, Delan Edwin is confident that he is getting the hang of the boards. The 22-year-old Saint Lucian sprinter is pursuing an accounting degree at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. On Friday (Jan. 18) he competed at the University of Central Missouri Invite, and took approximately a tenth of a second ...

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Tourism minister says vendors must think outside the box

(SNO) — Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee, said vendors must think outside the box and try different things in order to excite visitors about Saint Lucia and its unique way of life. On Tuesday, Fedee visited several vending stalls in Morne Fortune, Castries and said his ministry has been making sure it works with the vendors. “We’ve already trained 200 of ...

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Soufriere MP announces plan for vendors’ market

(SNO) — Member of Parliament for Soufriere/Fond St Jacque, Herod Stanislas, has big plans for the Soufriere Vendors Market. In a Facebook post, he said construction of this facility will commence in the coming weeks, adding that Soufriere is a vital part of Saint Lucia’s urban development. “In keeping with the expansion of the town we are making major improvements ...

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Win and record for Spencer at Clemson

(SNO) — Pan Am Games defending champion for women’s high jump, Saint Lucia’s Levern Spencer, kicked off her 2019 season with a strong opener at the Clemson Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 19).   The 34-year-old is also the reigning champion for Central American and the Caribbean, North and Central American and the Caribbean, and the Commonwealth Games.   At the ...

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Security minister “not satisfied” with investigation into gun-toting teens

(SNO) — National Security Minister, Senator Hermangild Francis, has expressed dissatisfaction with a police investigation into a viral image of two teens toting high-powered guns. He was questioned by the media on the matter on Monday and he said in WhatsApp conversations with Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, he has asked for further investigation into it. “I am asking the commissioner, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting at Blue Coral Mall in Castries

(SNO) — Police are investigating a shooting incident in Castries around midday Monday that left at least one person injured. Unconfirmed reports area that a young male was shot when he allegedly tried to rob a security guard at Blue Coral Mall. An eyewitness told St Lucia News Online: “I witnessed them going out with him… Clutching his chest… Blood ...

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UPDATED: Body found in Forestiere identified

(SNO) — The dead body of a young male was discovered at a residence in Forestiere on Monday around midday, according to sources. The body of Nolan George was discovered hanging, sources said. George was about 19 years old. Police said the case is being treated as a suspected suicide until a post-mortem is done.         (4)(25)

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Earthquake shakes several Caribbean islands

(SNO) — An earthquake on Monday morning shook several Caribbean islands including Dominica, Guadeloupe and Antigua, according to reports. The UWI Seismic Research Centre said the 4.2 magnitude quake took place at 10:42 a.m. The quake took place at a depth of 10 kilometers. It was located 48 km SSW of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, 65 km NW of Roseau, Dominica and ...

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Fuel prices remain unchanged in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — The price for fuel is expected to remain unchanged in Saint Lucia, at least for the time being. The Consumer Affairs Department of the Ministry of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs said that the prices will remain the same in keeping with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market ...

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Saint Lucia competition gives entrepreneurs opportunity to showcase their businesses

(SNO) — A pitching competition, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their businesses before hundreds of investors, is set to take place on March 28, 2019. Get in the Ring (GITR) Saint Lucia is being organized by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. “Imagine yourself, standing in a boxing ring, battling in a pitching competition, head-to-head ...

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Local doctors struggle to diagnose lupus

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Even as Jamaica accounts for one of the highest rates of lupus worldwide, according to noted rheumatologist Dr Desiree Tulloch-Reid, Jamaican doctors are not equipped to properly diagnose the autoimmune disease because of the unavailability of a particular type of testing equipment on the island. Samples therefore have to be sent to the United States. Tulloch-Reid, who ...

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Central Castries sweeps to U14 football title

(SNO) — The battle of Castries concluded on Sunday evening, with the young footballing heroes of Mary Ann Street, Constitution Park, Derek Walcott Square, and The Sab prevailing. The boys of Mindoo Phillip Park, Bagatelle, Independence City, and Sunbilt were left to take second place. The event was the finale of the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. Under-14 Boys competition. ...

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“Blood moon” visible in Saint Lucia tonight

(SNO) — On Sunday night into Monday morning, stargazers will have front-row seats to one of nature’s spectacular event, a phenomenon known as a “blood moon”. And it will be visible right here in Saint Lucia. A blood moon takes place during a lunar eclipse but instead of the full moon disappearing entirely, as it happens during a normal eclipse, ...

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CPL economic impact surpasses US 100 million-dollar mark

(CMC) – For the first time in its six-year history, the total economic impact of the Caribbean Premier League has exceeded US$100 million, a 34 per cent increase over the the previous 2017 season. A report commissioned by CPL and compiled by researchers, SMG Insight, showed figures for the 2018 season of US$127, 355, 010, representing all seven countries in ...

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New Sunbilt store at Bexon opens

(PRESS RELEASE) — Sunbilt is pleased to announce the opening of its new store located in Bexon. This new location seeks to partner convenience with the best retail experience that customers have come to know with the trusted SUNBILT brand. The approximately 16,000 square-foot store is dynamically different in the range of high quality and unique products available, as it ...

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Body discovered in Micoud

(SNO) — Police have confirmed that a body was discovered in the vicinity of a coal pit in Anse Ger, Micoud and a post-mortem is scheduled to take place in a few days to determine the cause of death. The body has been identified as that of 53-year-old Martin Charlery who had been missing for several days. His decomposed body ...

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Cameron not the man for the job, says Grenada leader

(CMC) – The former chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, has given a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Dave Cameron. Speaking on Starcom Network’s Mason and Guest cricket show here, the veteran Grenada leader said while he had no personal issues with Cameron, the CWI top administrator’s management ...

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Cruise ship tourists attacked by bandits near Serenity Park

(SNO) — About three days after a local couple were robbed in Serenity Park, Castries, bandits attacked two German cruise ship visitors who had just exited the Park, according to law enforcement sources. The tourists, a mother and her daughter, were attacked in Sans Souci, sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, shortly after leaving Serenity Park, which ...

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FEATURE: Building the Caribbean digital economy bit by bit

(CMC) – Imagine disaster early warning systems using the latest tools offered by artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Imagine tourists having ubiquitous access to one Gigabit secure wireless hot spots. Imagine students engaged real time in data analytics with environmental scientists across the world via advanced networks. These are just a few examples of the leapfrogging possibilities that three Caribbean ...

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Saint Lucian shot and killed in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

(SNO) — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is investigating the homicide case of 17-year-old Saint Lucian Jurvelle Marquell Felixien, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI), earlier this month. To date, there have been no reports of arrests, as Felixien’s relatives and friends in the Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia try to ...

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St. Lucia to host regional conference on drug policy for schools

(CMC) – The development and implementation of a drug policy for schools will be among matters discussed as health and family life education (HFLE) coordinators and other stakeholders from across the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) meet in St. Lucia later this month. The Guyana-based CARIFORUM Secretariat said that the January 21-23 meeting is expected to develop the draft Model School Drug ...

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St. Lucia pleased with record tourist arrivals in 2018

(CMC) – St. Lucia has recorded its best ever performance in visitor arrivals when more than 1.2 million people visited the Caribbean island last year, according to figures released here. Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said that the 1,218,294 visitors who came here last year represent a 10.2 per cent increase over the 2017 figures, which had been a record-setting year ...

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54-year-old charged for “unlawful sexual intercourse” with 5-year-old in St. Vincent

(SNO) — A 54-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a five-year-old girl, according to a statement from the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF). The man, a labourer, has been charged with “allegedly compelling a five-year-old student to go from his porch to his bedroom,” the statement said. ...

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Richard Frederick describes schoolboys with guns as “recruits to a criminal empire”

(SNO) — Former government minister Richard Frederick has called on the police commissioner to investigate a photo in which two secondary schoolboys brandish firearms. Frederick, a lawyer and former minister for physical planning, housing, urban renewal and local government, made the call Thursday via his weekly live talk show, ‘Can I Help You’, on MBC television. During the show, he ...

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Saint Lucia police investigating gun-toting males in school uniform

(SNO) — The police are aware of a photograph circulating of two male individuals, in uniform from a secondary school in Dennery brandishing guns, according to law enforcement sources. In the photo received by our newsroom late Thursday, the students are wearing attire from the Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School. One of the individual points a handgun while the other ...

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Saint Lucians told to be on lookout for measles 

(SNO) — Although Saint Lucia has been free of the local transmission of measles since 1990, the Department of Health and Wellness is asking residents to keep a sharp eye because of the island’s travel ties with countries affected by the disease. In a statement, Acting Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Michelle Francois, stated that Saint Lucians must be educated on measles. ...

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St. Lucian hotelier takes on Caribbean Challenge Initiative

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucian hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy has joined the Caribbean’s efforts to address the crisis of marine and coastal resources degradation with her appointment this week as Envoy of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI). CCI was launched in 2008 in response to the crisis facing the Caribbean’s marine and coastal resources. The organization serves as a voluntary, informal ...

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Bus driver shot in Castries discharged from hospital; sister offers reward to catch gunmen

(SNO) — The United States-based sister of a bus driver, who was shot during a robbery near his home in New village, Castries on Wednesday evening, has offered a reward of EC$5,000 to assisting in nabbing the culprits. Lucy Matyr, a registered nurse living in Pennsylvania, told St. Lucia News Online on Thursday that her brother, 53-year-old Ignatius Jn Baptiste, ...

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Contract for works to begin on reconstruction of Millennium Highway and West Coast Road to be signed on Wednesday

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Wednesday, January 23, the Department of Infrastructure will officially sign the consultancy agreement/contract for designs and will launch the “Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project”. This signals immediate commencement of the project. The project will deliver: complete rehabilitation of the Millennium Highway (no more roller coaster rides), reconstruction of the West Coast roads from ...

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Saint Lucia’s Tevin. St Jean returns to Greek volleyball

(SNO) — Priority one for A.E. Komotini is to remain in the A1 Ethniki (Α1 Εθνική Κατηγορία), more commonly known as the Greek Volleyball League. The latest entrants to one of the world’s top volleyball leagues know that they will be facing some of the best players in the world on a weekly basis, hence their decision to strengthen the ...

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Saint Lucia’s Jeremie off to fast start with UK’s Stars Academy

(SNO) — Saint Lucia international Tyrece Jeremie is beginning to make a name for himself at Stars Football Academy in the United Kingdom. The young man left for England earlier this month, and has already played two games with Stars Football. The first, a friendly under-18 fixture against Stevenage Borough FC, provided the young Stars with the chance to play ...

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Saint Lucia takes backseat in Venezuela crisis

(SNO) — Although Saint Lucia voted at the Organization of American States (OAS) not to recognize Nicholas Maduro’s second term as president of Venezuela, the island said it will not interfere in the internal affairs of the crisis-racked South American country. Minister of External Affairs Sarah Flood-Beaubrun said Saint Lucia will not and do not support the principle of intervention ...

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Alleged child abduction attempt in Castries draws concern from Caribbean Mentorship Institute

(SNO) — President of Caribbean Mentorship Insititute, Felicia Browne, is expressing grave concerns over reports of the attempted abduction of a child in Ciceron, Castries. She said protection and safety are critical towards a child’s development. “Children have the right to live free from violence and the fear of living in violence,” she said. Reports are that a masked man ...

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Efforts begin to beautify Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Saint Lucians are invited to turn out in large numbers this Saturday (Jan. 19) as attempts are being initiated to beautify the island. The project is being undertaken by the Saint Lucia Office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Greening the Caribbean. Saturday’s event will be the first activity for 2019, in the Choc area, and ...

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Saint Lucia Table Tennis in mourning

(SNO) — The table tennis fraternity in Saint Lucia is remembering the life of a former stalwart. Paul Christopher passed away over the weekend as a consequence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The National Table Tennis Association released the following statement on the death of the former teen sensation, who played at a high level for some two decades. ...

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SLP officials laugh at PM Chastanet’s explanation for DSH horse-race postponement

(SNO) — Officials of the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) are laughing at the explanation given by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet for the postponement of the much-touted Desert Star Holding’s (DSH) thoroughbred racing event. The event was carded for February 17, but according to the prime minister, local hotels won’t be able to accommodate guests because of a ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet welcomes new Cuban ambassador to Saint Lucia

(CMC) -Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has officially welcomed Cuba’s new ambassador to the island, Alejandro Simancas Marin. The new ambassador succeeds Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis. “I look forward to Ambassador Marin to continuing the fantastic work commenced by his predecessor,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page. He noted that St. Lucia recently signed co-operative agreements with Cuba in the ...

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